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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

o'reor Re:informal poll (641 comments)

I use Linux at work and at home. So does my wife on her own laptop. I also maintain a Linux distro on my parents' laptop, which spares them the hassle of dealing with malware/viruses/adwares.

Despite having had trouble with trojans and adware on their Windows PC, and the fact that Linux would cover 100% of their computing needs, I still haven't convinced my inlaws to migrate to Linux, and they've had their PC unusable for a few weeks now, once again, due to adware.

YMMV.

about two weeks ago
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Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

o'reor Re:Coming soon to your country. (537 comments)

Oh come on. Is it Muslims that are suing the Kansas Board of Schools for teaching evolution in classes ? Is it Muslims that enacted abortion laws that require medical rape with a sonar to make women feel more guilty for doing it ?

You've got enough brain-dead biggots in your country to make it as bad any backwards theocracy.

about 6 months ago
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Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

o'reor They had to be twerking (537 comments)

or Harlem-shaking.

about 6 months ago
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German NSA Critic Denied Entry To the US

o'reor With that name ? (352 comments)

A guy by the name of Ilja Trojanow (which could be translated as "Elijah Trojan") gets barred from entering the US by the NSA ? Really ?

Sorry, but barring Trojans from entering your systems is just basic computer security.

about 6 months ago
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Swiss War Game Envisages Invasion By Bankrupt French

o'reor Why Switzerland ? (245 comments)

That's ridiculous. Why would the French army go to the pains of crossing the alps and trying to invade a country that has atomic shelters everywhere, a well trained national guard and a good army (or reputedly so), when it would only take two days and an infantry division to invade filthy-rich Luxembourg ?

Add a navy operation on Jersey, Guernesey and Sark to hunt down rogue bankers in neighouring tax havens for good measure, and voilà !

about 7 months ago
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Egyptian Authorities Detain French "Spy" Bird Found With Tracker

o'reor Re:Intelligence (110 comments)

If you are supporting Morsi, I suppose you're supporting his vocal positions on Jews and freedom of press, here you go.

After watching this, I consider that any man with just a little common sense would support the overthrow of Morsi. Which does not mean supporting the slaughter of hundreds of opponents in the aftermath. But the independence of the USA was not completed in one day, neither was the French revolution, nor will the Arab revolutions. It takes time before an appeased democracy takes place after centuries of colonial occupation and military dictatorships.

about 7 months ago
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Egyptian Authorities Detain French "Spy" Bird Found With Tracker

o'reor In soviet Egypt (110 comments)

When a bird flies like a stork and quacks like a stork and walks like a stork, then it's a fucking swan.

And a spying one, at that.

about 7 months ago
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Toxic Green Algae Takes Over Beaches Off Yellow Sea In China

o'reor Hardly news (66 comments)

This is no news for us in Brittany, France. We've had those algae for the last 25 years on our beaches.

The reason ? Industrial farming, mainly. The manure that our farmers spread over the fields is washed down to the rivers and the sea shores. The level of phosphorous and nitrogen in the water rises and leads to massive, smelly "green tides" of algae on our beaches.

Unfortunately, no effective action is taken to correct these trends, and industrial farming tends to grow ever bigger and pollute our water ever more despite several warnings from the ECJ.

about 9 months ago
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In France, a Showcase of What Can Go Wrong With Online Voting

o'reor Re:Broken by Design (177 comments)

Yup. Either broken by design, or designed by people who didn't actually care about the result. Those guys neither have a culture of democracy, nor a culture of computer security. It boggles my mind that they've been 10 years in power until 2012...

about 10 months ago
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German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection

o'reor Re:Computer Culling (347 comments)

Ach, dis ist der proper Cherman way of dealing wiz it. (now mod me down to oblifion if you vill)

about a year ago
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Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

o'reor Re:Saving American lives (622 comments)

Oh yeah, like no innocent civilian life was ever taken out by some jerk piloting a drone from an office seat 10000 miles away. Please.

I'm not saying that US soldiers are not making sacrifices or that they're not being sent into harm's way. They deserve respect.

We're talking about drones here. The US is using plenty of them to direct so-called "targeted strikes" on presumed terrorist groups. Which often turn out to be just families living next door.

Hey, would you mind if Pakistan or China sent out a few drones to hunt criminals on US ground, and accidentally killed civilians instead ? Oh, I thought so.

about a year ago
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EXT4 Data Corruption Bug Hits Linux Kernel

o'reor LKML Slashdotted (249 comments)

Brilliant. Well, it certainly worries this Linux developer -- although I mostly rely on pre-3.0 kernels. Wasn't there a rule on Slashdot about mirroring articles before posting links to them ?

about a year and a half ago
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17th Century Microscope Book Is Now Freely Readable

o'reor Re:Copyright is just too long in this country (116 comments)

blockquote>Unfortunately for the Hooke estate, the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great offspring of the original microbes are demanding 347 years of royalties for the use of their ancestors likeness.

Which, divided by quite a few thousand trillion siblings, amounts to... not much.

about a year and a half ago
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17th Century Microscope Book Is Now Freely Readable

o'reor Frost piss! Pretty bizarre experiments in the book (116 comments)

The "Frost piss" title has never been so appropriate here: you will certainly like the chapter "Several Observable in the fix branched Figures form'd on the surface of Urine by freezing", page 88 (Google Books index). Hey, that frozen urine crystal looks marvelous !

about a year and a half ago
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Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism

o'reor Re:Oldest Campain Trick in the Book (343 comments)

* that the people that âoeforcefullyâ put Linux on a computer never heard the word, âoenoâ uttered by the computer, thus imping it was âoeconsensual.â

Some might argue that this is tantamount to "Linux by surprise"....

about a year and a half ago
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Roundup Tolerant GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development

o'reor Re:Awful headline. (356 comments)

Hah. Now that's a good question. Actually, the researcher told the french press that he had to smuggle those seeds from a canadian farming school, since Monsanto won't let anyone do any research on its plants without having total control over the outcome of the research.

After he got the seeds, I suppose he was able to grow two crops, one exposed to Roundup, and the other pesticide-free.

about a year and a half ago
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Roundup Tolerant GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development

o'reor Re:Dangerous poison. (356 comments)

Actually, glyphosate is dangerous for plants only. However, the molecule has to find its way across the cell walls of the plant. So Monsanto added surfactant agents to break into the cells, so that the glyphosate could enter the plant. And those are *really* dangerous.

about a year and a half ago

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iPhone accidents: Apple faces inquiries in the EU

o'reor o'reor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

o'reor (581921) writes "As more cases of iPhone screen explosions emerge in the news on this side of the pond, Apple is now facing official inquiries and lawsuits in France, which forced them to break silence and finally acknowledge the incidents.

"We are aware of these reports and we are waiting to receive the iPhones from the customers. Until we have the full details, we don't have anything further to add."

Following those reports, the European commission had already decided to step in last week, while Apple tried to dismiss the problem as "isolated incidents".

Meanwhile, iPhone explosion-related sites are now popping up on the Internet, releasing games such as iPop to chill out and relax on the subject, but also giving users advice on preventing iPhone accidents, or detecting imminent explosions.

Dear iPhone-owning geeks, now may be the right time to consider buying this Kevlar-lined underwear you've seen on ThinkGeek..."

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o'reor o'reor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

o'reor writes "According to this article in french paper Liberation , during the debate on TV between the two candidates to the presidential elections in France, Wikipedia.fr was edited several times by a number of anonymous surfers, to reflect the erroneous assertions of candidate Nicolas Sarkozy concerning the type of nuclear plant that is about to be built in the near future in France, if he takes office.

"At 22:34, Ségolène Royal snaps at her opponent: "You will have to look it up again: the EPR is the third generation of nuclear power plants, not the fourth." One minute later, a web surfer based in Nancy pays a visit to the french version of Wikipedia, and edits the EPR page : "third generation" is changed to "fourth generation".
That was the beginnig of a partisan editing battle on Wikipedia. The history page can be found here. Meanwhile, the English version of the same page did not budge."

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Sourcefire acquires ClamAV

o'reor o'reor writes  |  more than 6 years ago As reported by Linuxfr.org, the Sourcefire company, specialized in computer and network security products, announced last Friday "that it has acquired ClamAV(TM), a leading open source gateway anti-virus and anti-malware project" and hired the five lead developers. The ClamAV project has set up a FAQ to explain what are the consequences of the acquisition, explaining that "Sourcefire is totally committed to investing in ClamAV as an open source project licensed under the GPL.", without mentioning what would happen to the virus database updates.

Unfortunately, in the past Sourcefile has acquired project Snort and a subscription is now required to access the latest updates of the Snort databases. Which leaves us worried about the future of ClamAV as a free software project...

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French elections: TV debate causes Wikipedia abuse

o'reor o'reor writes  |  more than 6 years ago "According to this article in french paper Liberation , during the debate on TV between the two candidates to the presidential elections in France, Wikipedia.fr was edited several times by a number of anonymous surfers, to reflect the erroneous assertions of candidate Nicolas Sarkozy concerning the type of nuclear plant that is about to be built in the near future in France, if he takes office.

"At 22:34, Ségolène Royal snaps at her opponent: "You will have to look it up again: the EPR is the third generation of nuclear power plants, not the fourth." One minute later, a web surfer based in Nancy pays a visit to the french version of Wikipedia, and edits the EPR page : "third generation" is changed to "fourth generation".

That was the beginnig of a partisan editing battle on Wikipedia. The history page can be found here. Meanwhile, the English version of the same page did not budge."

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